trans·​la·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce translation (audio) , tranz- \

Definition of translation

1 : an act, process, or instance of translating: such as
a : a rendering from one language into another also : the product of such a rendering
b : a change to a different substance, form, or appearance : conversion
c(1) : a transformation of coordinates in which the new axes are parallel to the old ones
(2) : uniform motion of a body in a straight line
2 : the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription sense 3

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Other Words from translation

translational \ tran(t)s-​ˈlā-​shnəl How to pronounce translation (audio) , tranz-​ , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of translation in a Sentence

She is working on a translation of the novel. a new translation of the Iliad There were English translations on the menu. the translation of economic power into political strength
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Recent Examples on the Web Yes, Olivia fully commits to the role, and displays some solid physical-comedy chops, but Gottmik deserves equal credit for punctuating every bit with a funny translation. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: RUCB 101," 13 Feb. 2021 The plating might get lost in translation with takeout, but those vivid flavors — steamed snapper dumplings electrified by a black vinegar sauce, fish curry in a heady broth of lemongrass and turmeric — endure. Kara Baskin,, "100 top restaurants for takeout in Boston and beyond," 11 Feb. 2021 This might influence the language that a chatbot or a voice assistant uses, the phrasing by a translation program, or the text of autocomplete tools. Will Knight, Wired, "How Censorship Can Influence Artificial Intelligence," 4 Feb. 2021 The Ukrainian Service posted the video, with translation and VOA logo, on its Facebook page, without any balancing material from Trump. Byron York, Washington Examiner, "America's lost voice," 4 Feb. 2021 Though there aren’t any gay storylines in the source material, part of the beauty of a book-to-TV translation is that the showrunners have the opportunity to make a good story even better, and more relevant. Amanda Kohr,, "Where Were The Queer Relationships In Bridgerton?," 4 Feb. 2021 This how-to-drink guide is a translation of writing from a 16th century poet who witnessed all sorts of imbibing in Germany. Marc Bona, cleveland, "45 cooking, beer, wine, recipe books – 2020 holiday gift guide," 7 Dec. 2020 This is a translation of its moment, and will age accordingly. Irina Dumitrescu, The New York Review of Books, "Dudes Without Heirs," 17 Nov. 2020 Herman said that performance was a direct translation from two quality weeks of practice. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns Extra Points: Texas 27, Baylor 16," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of translation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of translation was in the 14th century

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19 Feb 2021

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“Translation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of translation

: words that have been changed from one language into a different language : words that have been translated
: the act or process of translating something into a different language
formal : the act or process of changing something from one form to another


trans·​la·​tion | \ trans-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce translation (audio) \

Kids Definition of translation

: the act, process, or result of changing from one form or language into another


trans·​la·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈlā-shən, tranz- How to pronounce translation (audio) \

Medical Definition of translation

: the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription

Other Words from translation

translational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce translation (audio) \ adjective

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